Despite more than 188,000 coronavirus cases in the United States and thousands of deaths, some spiritual leaders have chosen not to follow strict quarantine measures and continue to hold public religious gatherings. This has already led to some arrests of pastors across the United States.
Jonathan Shuttlesworth, a pastor from Pennsylvania, raised eyebrows on Tuesday after announcing during a livestreamed broadcast that he was going to organise a national open-air Easter service despite a state of emergency in the United States and quarantine orders across the country aimed at preventing the spread of coronavirus.
“I’m gonna announce it. … We’re gonna hold an outdoor Easter blowout service. Not online. A national gathering. You come from all over, like Woodstock. And we’re gonna gather and lift up Jesus Christ,” Shuttlesworth said during the broadcast.
Parts of his speech were shared by some watchdogs organisations, including Right Wing Watch.
“Good they’re giving the arresting officers notice”, was one of the reactions to Shuttlesworth’s call.
Let them. I’m tired of the stupidity. If they want to test Darwin’s theory with a hands approach I say let them go for it.
— Kellywise the Clown🤡 (@KellywiseClown) March 31, 2020
— Chris D. Lewis (@ChrisLewisLLS) March 31, 2020